One of my pet peeves is people who use their personality as an excuse for their behavior. “I can’t help it, that’s just who I am” is the phrase that’s often uttered to rationalize or justify an action, position, or attitude. In some ways it’s almost the perfect defense to any argument, isn’t it? “You mean you want me to change who I am?” How can you ask someone to change the very essence of what makes them who they are?
There’s no doubt that our inborn temperament and natural personality traits shape the way we perceive and react to our environment, however, we are in control of the way we choose to respond to situations. Part of being a successful and trusted leader is learning how to regulate your thoughts, emotions, and natural personality traits so that you can respond in a manner that is appropriate for the situation at…
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We don’t need all that cumbersome overhead of control and regulation – we have intelligence and ultimately common sense.
Give people responsibilty and gernerally they will behave responsibly. Treat pepple liek children and hey wil behave like children to test the boundaries…
A common problem with Business leaders and Politicians is the “When I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you” patrician or dictarorial approach to feedback.
They all have so many gatekeepers when it comes to informing them of a problem that they end up seeing none of it, and end up being self-deluded and arrogant in the belief that they are not wrong.
Yesterday a UK policitician wanted to show how in touch with people by drawing on the “I spoke to an unemployed mother the other day”. Does he know that one out of thousands is not a representative sample, especially as that person was selected for him by researchers.
We live in a society that shoots the messangers. So the message is not getting through.
I would like to propose a workplace version of the Miranda Warning. You’re probably familiar with it, but if not, it’s the warning given by police officers in the United States to criminal suspects before they take them into custody and question them. The Miranda Warning (aka, Miranda Rights) goes like this:
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?”
My workplace version of the Miranda Warning is to protect employees’ rights to make their own decisions and to remind over-controlling leaders to back off, quit grabbing control (because you think your way is the best and only way), and…
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Have you noticed that some people are just unwilling to accept the consequences of an extravagamt lifestyle?
Repeating the words that George Bush Snr. used in the 70′s and which informed a divisive and aggressive policy in the Middle East that has cost the lives of hundreds of US and allied forces would not seem to be a vote winner.
Believing that there is not a finite supply of fossil fuels and that burning them does not affect the environment is a sure sign that either Newt Gingrich is only thinking and planning for the short term.
What happens to the price of oil and the investment into the pipeline should any of these events occur.:
Earthquake in Yellowstone and the greatlakes area,
Large scale flooding (worse than before) in the mid wester states and the Missippi planes.
Tornado or hurriicane strike in pipeline and refinery areas
Discovery of fusion.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to utilise all the sunshine falling on these states rather than risk destroying the economy and environment just to keep the oil billionares happy? If they know no other way of making money why do they not hand it over to those of us who do:
solar panels, concave solar reflector satellites, tidal force generators (sea or inland), groundwater heat exchangers, biofuels (petrol and diesel).
We could have oil those things now, not in 15 years but for two things, Oil companies and banks.
“Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruellibel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.”
– Albert Einstein